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Scenes from the Department of Communicative Disorders

Graduate Programs in Communicative Disorders

Required Undergraduate Coursework for
Students with Bachelor Degrees in Another Field

CMD 272 Auditory and Speech Mechanisms (3)
Structure and function of the organs of hearing and speech as they relate to normal and pathological communication; theories of cortical involvements, central and peripheral nervous systems relevant to rehabilitation procedures. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: junior standing.

CMD 273 Phonetics (3)
International Phonetic Alphabet; analysis of phonetic and phonemic elements in major American English dialects; practice in transcription of standard and defective speech. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: junior standing.

CMD 274 Communication Processes (3)
Psychological and cognitive processes basic to language and communication; models of language processing; explorations into biological and social bases. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: junior standing.

CMD 276 Speech Science (3)
Physical properties of the speech signal, analysis of the physical basis of speech production, instrumentation used to assess speech output, theories of speech perception. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

CMD 278 Introduction to Hearing Science (3)
Overview of the measurement of sound, acoustic properties of the sound wave, and perception of sound by human beings. Anatomy and physiology of the normal hearing mechanism. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

CMD 375 Language Development (3)
Development phenomena in speech and language; causal factors of delayed speech and language; survey of evaluative and habilitative programs for children with deviant language development. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: junior standing.

CMD 377 Functional Neuroanatomy (3)
Examination of the brain and spinal cord, emphasizing connection and functions of the neural system. This course is designed for communicative disorders majors. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 372 and junior standing.

CMD 465 Clinical Methods in Communicative Disorders (4)
Observation of diagnosis and treatment of communicative disorders; developing interviewing, report writing, and counseling techniques; introduction to diagnostic procedures; establishing therapeutic goals, treatment, and remediation of various disorders. (Lecture 3, Lab 2) Senior or graduate standing only. Prerequisite: 260, 261, and three of the following--372, 373, 374, 375, 376. Not for graduate credit in communicative disorders.

***Note that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) also requires that graduate students applying for ASHA certification have completed one biological science course, one physical science course, one social science course and one statistics course. Most students do so as part of their undergraduate degrees but if you have not, you are responsible for completing them prior to your graduation.Be sure to consult your department adviser about this requirement.



The local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, URISSLHA, will hold a meeting on Monday, October 27th at 7:15 in the Galanti Lounge of the main library (3rd floor). All students with interests in a career in speech-language pathology or audiology are encouraged to attend.


Amber D. Franklin, Assistant Professor at Miami University (Ohio), will be giving a talk titled, "Pronunciation Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners: What do we measure and how do we measure it?" on Thursday, October 23rd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in CBLS 100. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Attendance is mandatory for graduate students in CMD.


Welcome to new and returning students


2014 NSSLHA meeting announced


Congratulations are in order


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers